Early Childhood Forum

ECF - at the heart of Early Years from birth to 7 years
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If you would like to contact ECF please email your enquiry to: earlychildhoodforum@yahoo.co.uk


The Early Childhood Forum (ECF), brings together national organisations and professional associations in the early childhood sector for all young children from birth to seven. ECF exists to promote inclusion, challenge inequalities, debate issues, celebrate differences and develop consensus to champion high quality experiences for young children and their families.

News & Events

A Charter for Early Childhood

Early Childhood Forum launched A Charter for Early Childhood at the Houses of Parliament in 2014, designed to transform policy and practice based on our beliefs and principles. With the proposed and actual changes happening now, our 12 point Charter seeks consensus across the whole sector to guide politicians in their decision making, using the latest evidence from research and practice.

Some of ECF's charter principles are discussed in Sue Palmer's book called 'Upstart' which states the case for raising the school starting age and providing what the under sevens really need.


Download: ECF_Charter_2016.pdf

Next General Meeting is on Thursday 9 May at 11:00 via Zoom


Melanie Pilcher of the EYA will be speaking on 'AI -and how it will shape the Early Years.

ECF Early Childhood Forum